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Poster: logan8246 Date: Aug 23, 2011 9:37am
Forum: feature_films Subject: outdoor theatre

Thanks for any replies.
I own a pizza delivery restaurant, and I am wanting to show some movies on an outdoor protector and screen in our parking lot, free of charge. Screen would be 220 inch screen and a 1080p hd projector. Figured it would be fun and also good community involvement and something cheap for families to do together. I have a couple of questions.

1. Am I able to show PD Feature films, commercials etc publicly
2. I am concerned about getting the best picture quality I can, so when looking at the different file formats available for a particular movie, I am not sure which one to go with, and so have been just choosing the largest file in hopes it has the best quality.
3. some of the movies listed as public domain, I already have on dvd, some of which have been restored. When looking at the back of these dvd cases, they say for home use only. Do they have some kind of copyright to say that since they put them on dvd, or am I able to still show these publicly?

thanks again for any replies.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Aug 23, 2011 4:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

1. Yes, you can show any public domain film to an audience.
2. I'd stick to large files. There are many MPEG-2 files here, and those are mostly files from a DVD of the movie. Some large MPEG-4s and AVIs could be good enough.
3. The DVDs say for home use because the movie may not be public domain, just orphaned, or there is copyrighted material other than the movie that is played by the DVDs like splash screens for the company that made the DVDs or previews of other movies.

Hope this helps.

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Poster: logan8246 Date: Aug 24, 2011 6:56am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

awesome list of high deef movies, downloaded "The Terror" and " Kansis city Confidential" and they look fantastic!

On the DVD's again, I have the "Road to Bali and I believe it has been remastered, If i only showed the movie and none of the extras that may be on the disc, do you think I would have any copyright issues?

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Poster: logan8246 Date: Aug 26, 2011 7:11pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

Thanks :)

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Aug 24, 2011 3:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

Should be Ok. Remastering isn't the same as restoring.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 24, 2011 5:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

And if I understand Video-Cellar correctly, cleaning a movie doesn't entitle one to copyright (because that is merely "sweat of the brow" work, not creative work).

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 23, 2011 4:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

As far as getting the best picture quality you can, Just download the file you'd like to run, play it, and see if it measures up. I've found quite a few small files I've downloaded here have surprisingly good resolution. If the movies are PD, you should be able to do whatever you want with them. You might run into a little trouble showing these films outside, depending on where you live, as they might be considered a distraction to passing drivers, at which the local cops may come by and tell you to cool it. You may want to show your movies inside. I remember a Straw Hat Pizza Palace that use to show movies inside their restaurant back in the 70's. It was my favorite hang-out when I was a kid. Hope I was helpful.

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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Aug 24, 2011 12:13pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

Guyzilla, my wife and I hung out at VIP Pizza in State College PA many years ago. Same thing: little movie cartridges, and patrons would just pick and choose among them. Not all PD, either, but a lot of fun.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 24, 2011 7:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

"My" pizza joint showed mostly silents released by Blackhawk Films. Lots of Arbuckle, Chaplin, and Lloyd. It was the place to go if you dug silent movies on Super8 film loops.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 23, 2011 12:12pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: outdoor theatre

Here's a high definition film:
http://www.archive.org/details/KansasCityConfidential720p